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Thorson, Pamela (American playwright, actress, director, 1948-____), “Camp David Diaries Volume III, Meet Mamie Eisenhower 1953-1961,”

a 55-minute historic dramatization in English, set in Main Lodge, Camp David, Catoctin Mountains, Maryland, U.S.A., 1953-1961,

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; • © 2001 by Pamela Thorson; • in Pamela Thorson’s Camp David Diaries Volume III, Meet Mamie Eisenhower 1953-1961 (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001); • script/rights available from Sterling-Miller Publishing Company, Inc., Attn: Stuart Sandow, 12573 Woodmill Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418, U.S.A., e-mail infact@southernet.net, telephone (work) 561-622-1949, fax 561 775 0839; contact Pamela Thorson, 12573 Woodmill Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418, U.S.A., e-mail pkthorson@hotmail.com, telephone (work/home) 561-622-1949, fax 561 775 0839. • Cited by Stuart Sandow via ftp February 24, 2002; Sandow says,

§ Dramatis Persona Actress/Mamie Eisenhower (f), performer herself/wife of President.

§ Synopsis “The Actress as herself appears on stage in a dressing gown and introduces herself to the audience. She begins sharing a little period history while she prepares her make up seated at a dressing table. The actress pins her hair up or dons a skull capt at some point in her tale and steps behind a screen. She removes her dressing gown, revealing her Mamie Eisenhower period costume, puts on wig and exits the other side of the screen as Mamie Eisenhower, 1953, introducing herself as Mamie to the audience. For the next 45 minutes, all action takes place at Camp David spanning a period of eight years with Mamie reading from her diary and speaking directly to the audience telling tales of her days in the White House. The performance ends with Mamie preparing a note for Jackie Kennedy about the Diaries and where they are hidden.

§ Comment “This simple production has two scenes taking place within the same set. The only change is from the actress as herself to the character of Mamie Eisenhower. There is a special requirement to be able to hold a character voice for an extendedperiod of time.• This play premiered at the at the theater at Prosperity Oaks in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida [U.S.A.] on September 22, 2001, and has since been performed numerous times around South Florida.”

§ Themes Bess (Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman, U. S. first lady, 1885-1982), biography, diary, fame, Jackie (Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, U. S. first lady, 19__-19__), Mamie (Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower, U. S. first lady, 1896-1979), memory, play within a play, history, reminiscence.

See also Pamela Thorson’s

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